Students returning to Ukraine face bleak future and protest: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, July 1

The medical students, who returned from war-torn Ukraine about two months ago, face a bleak future as most of them are currently inactive and have no idea when they will be able to continue their studies. studies.

They said dozens of students from Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states staged peaceful protests in Delhi and petitioned the Union government to allow admission to Indian colleges, but to no avail.

“I recently also took part in a four-day (June 24-27) protest outside the National Medical Commission in Delhi, hoping that someone from the Union Government will meet us and assure us that he will raise the issue with the relevant authorities. But it seems that the government has no intention of accommodating us in Indian colleges. That is why there has been no official statement so far,” said said Jalandhar-based Sumit Nagrath, a fourth-year student at Vinnytsia National Medical University.

He said there were 1,500 students from Punjab, who had sent letters to the state government as well as the Center to apply for admission into Indian medical colleges, but received no response.

Another student, Milap Singh, said: “As a final year medical student, I want to ask the authorities what I should do now. We have no idea when Ukrainian universities will return to normal and even if we complete the course in an online format it will not be possible as medical courses cannot be taught online unless we let’s have practical and clinical sessions. Our future is at stake,” he said.

Sanjeev Kumar, Sumit’s father, said many countries like Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana had formed committees to adjust students returning to Ukraine to their own medical universities. “If our government also takes a similar initiative, the future of nearly 17,000 students across the country will be saved,” he added.

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